One of our most popular budget safaris, the 3 Day Kruger Park Treehouse & Private Lodge Safari, is for those who want a novel experience.
The first night is spent at a pleasant Private Game Lodge in the Balule Game Reserve home to the Big Five. The second night is spent in an enchanting Treehouse Camp, near Kruger Park. In your treehouse, located on the banks of the unspoiled Klaserie River, you will be captivated by the natural surroundings - a private game reserve, hosting various animals and birds. Nightfall in the bush, under a canopy of stars, is a composition of animal sounds that will lull you to sleep.
Enjoy rich wildlife experiences in the Balule Private Reserve of the Greater Kruger, from a full day’s game drive in open sided safari vehicles, to the thrill of a sunset game drive, which, as the sun sets, becomes a night game drive. During one of these game expeditions, you will enjoy a great South African tradition – a braaivleis (barbecue) in the bush.
Our journey back to Johannesburg is by way of the celebrated Panorama Route, renown for its spectacular scenery.
The 3 Day Kruger Park Treehouse & Private Lodge Safari is an unforgettable wildlife experience, not to be missed.
On arrival at our Game Lodge we leave on a 3 hour sunset game drive in an open sided Landcruiser in search of the Big Five. The sunsets over the bush are magnificent rapidly followed by nightfall. With the aid of a spotlight we scout for the nocturnal animals roaming this African wilderness.
Dinner is a bush braai (barbecue) cooked over an open fire at the Marula Tree Boma under a canopy of stars. Dinner over, we continue our search for prowling predators as we head back to our lodge. With luck we may see lion, hyena, jackal or perhaps the elusive leopard.
Back at our private lodge we may unwind in our en-suite, air conditioned chalets or wander in the sub-tropical garden secure in the knowledge that no wild animals may breach the surrounding electric fence.
Meal Plan: Dinner
The day starts early with a hearty breakfast and then it’s into our open sided game viewing vehicles, as we head out to Orpen Gate, Kruger National Park. Our elevated safari vehicle is ideal for game spotting and photo opportunities.
We concentrate our search in the Orpen / Satara area of the Park, as Satara is renown as an excellent game viewing area. The bush is open and there are large plains that support vast herds of giraffe, zebra and other antelope, which draws hungry predators as there are many food opportunities on offer. The Satara region boasts one of the largest concentrations of lions in Africa.
At the end of an exciting day we head off to our delightful Treehouse Camp, located in a private game reserve near Kruger National Park. We relax around the campfire reliving our unforgettable bush experience.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Dinner
The Treehouse Camp offers a refreshing alternative to the standard safari accommodation out there, as you stay in rustic cabins in an unspoiled bush setting. Accommodation is in unique thatched treehouses either tucked away in the trees along the pristine perennial Klaserie River or overlooking the camp’s floodlit waterhole visited by buffalo and other wildlife.
Two of the treehouses are up in the trees and amongst the branches, with separate bathrooms on the ground below. Ten of the cabins are at ground level, nestled in the gallery forest on stilts, and have en suite bathrooms. Each Treehouse is different, featuring its own little viewing deck. The units are fitted with beds and soap, towels, mosquito nets, fans and bedding are provided, ensuring a comfortable stay at this excellent value-for-money Treehouse Camp. The wooden cabins offer the back-to-nature experience of camping with added character and novelty. Part of the charm of the treehouses is that they are basic and airy, so during the chilly winter months (from about April to October) blankets and hot water bottles are available to keep you snug and warm.
These elevated treehouses are built out of wood, reed and thatch reducing the environmental impact on the dense bush surroundings. You get to listen to the sounds of wild animals at night from the safety of your treehouse, a truly African bush experience! The secure treehouses blend into the bush, getting you up close to unspoiled nature and its wild animals.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s best safari destinations and the premier game reserve in South Africa. Covering nearly 2 million hectares of untamed African bush the variety of habitats in Kruger Park are home to a unrivaled diversity of plants and animals.
Kruger is South Africa’s top travel destination offering superb game viewing, including massive populations of Africa’s iconic Big Five - elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo. This vast wilderness area is inhabited by a staggering 147 mammal species and 517 bird species, as well as a variety of other wild animals and 336 tree species. South Africa's flagship national park, Kruger Park is considered a world leader in advanced environmental policies and wildlife management practices.
The last day of our wildlife safari gets off to an early start, as we head into the bush on foot (weather permitting). Spend about an hour walking in the reserve with your guide to find out more about the important role that the smaller animals, birds, insects and plants play in the ecosystem. This short walk provides a closer look at the details of the bush - from termite mounds to animal tracks and scat, rather than big game sightings.
Back at camp we have breakfast and then head out via the Drakensberg Escarpment back to Johannesburg. Our route takes us on the scenic Panorama Route which includes sections of the Blyde River Canyon, one of which is Three Rondawels viewpoint.
We arrive back into Johannesburg at about 17h00 where you will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice or at Oliver Tambo International Airport bringing this fantastic 3 Day Kruger Park Treehouse & Private Game Lodge Safari to an end.
Meal Plan: Breakfast
There are no fences separating this 35000-hectare Private Game Park from Kruger National Park allowing the numerous wild animals to roam freely between these wilderness areas. The Olifants River flows through the Balule Game Reserve attracting a variety of birds and animals year-round.
Balule is home to the iconic Big Five of Africa with buffalo, lion and elephant being sighted the most regularly and sometimes even from the lodge property! Other wildlife commonly sighted in Balule includes giraffe, wildebeest, hyena, zebra, hippo, warthog, mongoose, vervet monkey and various antelope species, such as waterbuck, steenbok, impala and kudu.
Nocturnal animals such as civets, bushbabies, bats, hares, genets, wild cats and porcupines can be spotted on night game drives. Some of the more elusive wild animals found in this part of Greater Kruger include cheetah, African wild dog, bat-eared fox and badger, as well as caracal and serval cat and a variety of antelope species, such suni, roan and sable antelope.
The Greater Kruger Park area consists of various private game parks, such as Balule, that share unfenced boundaries with Kruger National Park proper. Staying in a private game lodge allows you to escape the main throng of tourists, as the Balule game reserve is not open to the general public.
On this exclusive safari experience you get a more secluded bush experience that brings you closer to nature. In the private game reserve you travel on dirt roads encountering much fewer vehicles on your game drives. Another advantage of game viewing in the Balule private reserve is that your qualified guides communicate with each other via two-way radio, increasing the number of wildlife sightings on your drives. Yet another perk of staying at a private lodge is that off-road driving is permitted in this exclusive game reserve area of the Greater Kruger Park, improving your chances of spotting wildlife in the bush.
Please note that we offer convenient pre and post tour lodge accommodation for before and after this Kruger Safari, which can be added to your tour booking upon request. The 4 star lodge accommodation is located 10-15 minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. For information on rates follow the link.
This tour does take children.
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